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Joe Vitt hands Saints head coaching job to Aaron Kromer

Mike Munchak, Joe Vitt AP

The Saints’ first interim head coach started giving way to the second one during the preseason finale against the Titans on Thursday night.

Joe Vitt handed more of the duties to Aaron Kromer to help Kromer prepare for the job of leading the Saints in the regular season. Kromer threw a successful challenge flag and Vitt gave him credit for managing the game well when the contest wrapped up. Vitt also took a moment to say his own temporary farewell ahead of the six-game suspension he will serve as a result of the league’s punishment for the team’s bounty program.

“I just told the guys it’s been my honor and my pleasure. It really has been. You know the greats in this game like Paul Brown stepped away and the game went on,” Vitt said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Don Shula stepped away and the game went on. George Halas stepped away and the game went on. The only person dreading this more is my wife.”

While it’s a bit difficult to see the connection between taking six weeks off after four preseason games as interim coach and the retirements of the legends Vitt referred to on Thursday night, his points are easy enough to understand. Vitt’s going to go nuts without having football in his life and things are going to roll along with the season regardless of who is filling the head coach role for the Saints, so there’s not much point in losing sleep about it.

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10 Responses to “Joe Vitt hands Saints head coaching job to Aaron Kromer”
  1. njbucsfan says: Aug 31, 2012 9:25 AM

    Will he have a giant picture overlooking the practice field saying “Eat your vegetables!”?

  2. truthhurtstoo says: Aug 31, 2012 9:37 AM

    Vitt should never and I mean EVER, compare himself with the winningest coach of all time, Don Shula.
    The Dolphins have not been the same without him.

  3. brianratm says: Aug 31, 2012 9:49 AM

    Putting thoughts about the validity of the bounty suspensions aside, is it just me or does Joe Vitt seem like an arrogant jackass? I am not a saints fan, but never had a problem with the team and enjoyed watching them play. Drew Brees needs to shut up and Joe Vitt needs to remember who he is- a lower tier assistant.

  4. djspman says: Aug 31, 2012 9:51 AM

    small potatoes..in the overall outlook how this went down.

  5. goodolebaghead says: Aug 31, 2012 10:55 AM

    brianratm says:
    Aug 31, 2012 9:49 AM
    Putting thoughts about the validity of the bounty suspensions aside, is it just me or does Joe Vitt seem like an arrogant jackass? I am not a saints fan, but never had a problem with the team and enjoyed watching them play. Drew Brees needs to shut up and Joe Vitt needs to remember who he is- a lower tier assistant.
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    Drew Brees does not need to shut up. Drew has more character than the majority of the rest of the league, and if you will allow yourself for just a moment to drop the hate-shades and pretend like the Saints aren’t wrong, and you will see that everything he has said has been on point. It’s been him -vs- the Goodell Public Relations Propaganda Department. Alas, I doubt you will ever change your mind, because to admit maybe things said about the Saints in March were over the top, would be to admit you were tricked by Goodell and the media, and would have to admit (at least to yourself) you were wrong. I’ve done it, I bought the whole shebang when it first broke. But as days passed, the holes in the NFL’s accusations became bigger and bigger and still do to this day.

    As far as Vitt is concerned, this guy has been close to a HC position for a while now. You really think Sean has been doing it by himself this whole time? Vitt is a MAJOR core member of the current Saints team, has been, and will be until someone snatches him up for a HC job.

  6. brianratm says: Aug 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    I always thought Goodell was wrong. Bounties were a way of life for the Eagles teams from the 80s and 90s that I loved. That being said Brees still needs to shut up. He is a very dumb man. A better man would sit down with Goodell and advocate for his team in a professional manner, not tweet impulsive bs and cry about things to the media. Man up and actually do something if you truly believe in it. Talk is cheap. At least Vilma is talking action. Vitt, like Bress cries to the media, but takes no meaningful action. But yes, Vitt missing a few games is like the NFL losing one of its greatest coaches of all time.

  7. brianratm says: Aug 31, 2012 11:21 AM

    Oh yea, teams are lining up to “snatch up” a 58 year old linebackers coach to be their head coach. Genius statement. He has been suspended by the league, runs his mouth like a tool, and has been in the league 33 years without a head coaching job. Great features on a resume for a owner to consider.

  8. cash804 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:32 AM

    I’m salivating to watch RGIII get his 1st professional win against this debacle of an organization.

    Cue the whiney Saints fans…HTTR!!!

  9. Gordon says: Aug 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    Vitt is delusional.

  10. sloppydogg says: Sep 1, 2012 7:09 AM

    How about this guy really loves the game and this hurts more then he wants to show. Like i said it’s easy to say bad things about someone then it is to say good things, hater’s are always waiting to kick a person when they are down. But you know what happens when they had enough they come out fighting even harder then before, Shula may be among the greatest we have one Miami record going for another wait an see.

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